Shaun Hays, Chicago Chalk Champ, has a lifetime of experience with mentoring youth and over 15 years experience with successful, professional student assemblies Nation-wide! His amazing story and skills at chalk artwork has taken him around the globe.
Chicago area schools and Libraries can inquire about an additional 3D chalk demonstration for indoor facilities or public display outdoors.
Chicago Chalk Champ – Chalk Art Master Class 1 and 2 – announcement Soon!
Registration is open to the public… two age groups 10-16 yrs and 17+
Many techniques, tools and freebies to registrants
Stay tuned and be sure to comment if you are interested!
Stay tuned for updates…
- Hands on experience
- Create a real 3D chalk art Illusion!
- Speed Art techniques you can use everyday!
- Learn terms and tools
- Chalk boards, Material and Pavement
Above: Shaun Hays, Chicago Chalk Champ, created this illusion around a trash recepticle at a Fine Arts Festival for the Chicago Public Schools. He did it in only 1 hour… and instructed school children in hands on lessons while doing it!
Below: Shaun had only two hours in the studios of Touchvision TV to create an illusion in chalk and to be interviewed about his journey from Chicago floor cleaner to 3D chalk Champion! Here he is posing mid interview before completing his “Library” illusion.
Join Shaun and learn
- how to get started in professional chalk artistry
- how to get noticed
- chalk opportunities
- Much More!
Date(s) TBD – Stay tuned for updates!
*Currently looking at dates in Late October to Late November and a registration fee of $175.00 per person – I am looking for less expensive venues that will facilitate our needs in the Chicago Suburbs adjacent to a hotel/motel. If I can I will offer discounts and I’m looking to supply a couple scholarships to a couple contest winners. First thing’s first. 😉
**Sept 30 update – I just finished lunch with Pastor Rich From Calvary West Sugar Grove, IL who has a wonderful facility to host artist events in and we discussed several opportunities including classes and a christian artists conference. I will host at least one master class at this location this winter if I cannot work out details for an earlier event in this location. There is a possibility of filming the whole thing. Still looking for other event facilities near those interested. I need everyone who thinks they would love to spend time in a hands on learning experience for chalk art to contact me via my FB fan page please. If you “like” the post, I’ll count you as interested. Feel free to ask me questions or tell me what you’d like to learn/do. Thank you!
*** FEB 24 UPDATE: My plans for this Fall/winter have changed repeatedly and I had to prioritize some very important, but unexpected events. I was also able to complete some very important unfinished business that means alot to me on a personal level. Thank you for your patience. I will be considering the classes again next week to see if they are going to work into this brave new world. Meanwhile the meeting with Pastor Rich (see update above this one) has turned into a conference on March 17th & 18th with several artists and speakers addressing artists from a Christian faith and worship perspective, so that’s also taking a front seat for now.
****May 19, 2017 – Super Happy that we have been doing some phenomenal work with Shedd and Navy Pier in cooperation with the Chicago Park District. So far, we have been the lead in 3 pop-up chalk art festivals and have some awesome projects coming up quickly. No more news about classes at this time. – We have not had the interest we needed. Please let us know if you are interested in a Chicago area class – if you have commented here or on our social media, we are aware of your interest already.
The last thing I want to be accused of, is being ungrateful for work, however sometimes life becomes so busy all you can do is look forward to your next day off! That’s me right now. Here’s a taste of my schedule in August: (im calling it Dogust because im working like a dog in the dog days of summer etc)
- 8 commissioned chalk art canvasses (48″x 60″)
- 10 cases (+) of Champ Sticks ™ to create and deliver
- 3 Charity Fundraiser Appearances and Auctions
- 2 private paid functions
- 1 Master Class (teaching chalk art techniques)
- 1 chalk art festival centerpiece
- 1 International Corporate Paid 3D Chalk Marketing Centerpiece (major Client)
- 1 Private Corporate Party 3D chalk art delivery (Im out of town)
- 2 presentations for Chicago Public Schools – Fine Arts Festivals
- 4 days of just …driving to another location
Of course this doesn’t include the countless hours of emailing clients (one client and I emailed back and forth over 40 times recently before the subject of the artwork was decided), phone calls, art/sketch submissions, Arranging the pickups/deliveries of artwork for clients, discussing calendar dates with booking agent(s)… Oh! and lets not forget that my wife (who is being very supportive/patient with it all) is asking me to find a spot in all that to go get my updated blood work and urine tests done before going back to the nephrologist in September.
Im so looking forward to Vaccatio… Oh shoot! I forgot one thing:
- book a roundtrip ticket back to Chicago in the middle of my Florida Vacation at the end of the month
(takes a deep breath and looks at calendar)
*While Im typing this all out…
Im thinking of how I can give my son and wife the best of me while always giving my all to my clients… Often someone loses. Often it is my health that pays the price. I am committed to being the best I can be – always looking to improve – in business and in my relationships. I have learned that the best way to do that is to keep myself aware of my mental and physical health. I remind myself all the time that I am Blessed to have the opportunity to “play with Chalk” for a living and to support my wife and son while doing it. I have paid a dear price to get here… now its time to enjoy the view.
If you are an artist: do it well and have fun!
If you are a husband, wife or parent: do it well and have fun!
You only get one time around… or so they say.
*When I saved this old image, I was getting ready for “Phase1 pre-Order” to enable the creation and release of a new art lesson series to supplement my income of speaking and speed chalk art. The Lesson here: I simply wasn’t ready to commit to the full concept. Mostly out of desire to do it right the first time.
I am known for chalk art all over the world and i have my own brand of chalk called ChampSticks(tm) Professional Grade Artists Chalk which many festivals are currently using or promoting for Street and sidewalk Chalk Art Competitions. Naturally, I am always thinking chalk: Chalk art, Chalk Manufacturing, Chalk uses and Chalk Competitions… I am not always thinking of various meanings and other uses for the stuff. Today, after a heavy schedule of travel and events; I was researching other uses and production methods for chalk and came across several links which were refreshingly off topic for me. I enjoyed reading the following definitions and other uses of the word. Perhaps you will too. IF not and this is just boring dribble to you, thank you for just being a human… I send you a hug.
The following was taken directly from http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/chalk
by a long chalk
not by a long chalk
chalk (something or someone) off
chalk (something) up to experience
chalk it up
chalk something out
chalk something up
chalk something up
chalk something up (to something)
not by a long shot
chalk up something
also chalk something up
chalk something up to something else
also chalk something up to something else
not by a long shot
not at all “Do you think it’s as good as her last movie?” “ No, not by a long shot.”
be (like) chalk and cheese
(British & Australian) also be as different as chalk and cheese (British &Australian)
put something down to experience
(British, American & Australian) also chalk something up toexperience (American & Australian)
not by a long shot
(informal) also not by a long chalk (old-fashioned)
chalk and cheese
This weekend was a hot mess! Haha it was physically hot and I made a huge mess creating artwork for two events. I really shouldn’t push myself like this… I know. I kept hydrated and as cool as was possible considering my health. Here are pictures from both Kewannee Hog Days (Sunday Sept. the 6th – “on top of the world”) and from Owensboro, KY (Saturday, Sept. The 5th – “Rivers in the Wasteland”)